Syndromic Surveillance System for Heat-related Illnesses (2012)

Due to the increasing frequency of extreme heat events in Ontario (and the continued increase expected due to climate changes), the province of Ontario is working closely with health units to reduce the health issues that are caused by such events. Current research efforts include a pilot project which uses existing syndromic surveillance systems that have been adjusted to monitor the progression of heat events and the occurrences of heat-related illnesses in real time.

The case study reviews the process and results of this study and discusses the challenges involved with delivering such a program.